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Intel delivers products, technologies and tools for digital home

Intel Corporation today showed how the digital home vision is becoming a reality with new products, technologies and services that enable consumers to enjoy content anywhere, anytime and on any device at home.

Intel Corporation today showed how the digital home vision is
becoming a reality with new products, technologies and services that enable
consumers to enjoy content anywhere, anytime and on any device at home.

During his digital home keynote at the Intel Developer Forum, Fall 2003, Louis
Burns, vice president and co-general manager of Intel’s Desktop Platforms Group,
discussed progress the industry has made on developing industry guidelines for
distributing digital media in the home. He also previewed innovative new
products, product designs and technologies for the digital home. He encouraged
computing, CE and entertainment industries to jointly make premium content
available as the next step in delivering a true digital home vision to

Burns demonstrated consumer products that are available today or in the near
future. This included a high-definition video stream running on a previously
undisclosed desktop processor, the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor Extreme Edition
3.20 GHz supporting Hyper-Threading Technology1, with an additional 2 Megabytes
of cache. This new processor will be targeted at high-end gamers and computing
power users.

Burns also showcased an all-in-one media center PC from Gateway and a new
IP-based set-top box reference design. Intel also showcased next-generation
digital media adapters (DMAs), devices that wirelessly transfer personal digital
video, photos and music from a PC to a TV and a stereo. The DMAs showcased
included iCube’s [email protected] and Lenovo’s Media Link. Burns also demonstrated a new
PC design, instant on/off capabilities for the PC and specifications for content
protection between devices in the home, product designs and technologies that
will be available within the next few years.

“The industry has made great progress toward developing interoperability
guidelines as well as innovative products and services that are helping make the
digital home a reality for consumers,” Burns said. “The next step in the digital
home is enabling the availability of premium content on the home network, giving
consumers access to the type of compelling content they want to enjoy. We’re
committed to continue to with the consumer electronics, music and film
industries to deliver the capability which in turn will create new business
opportunities for all.”

Innovative Products for the Digital Home

Burns showcased several innovative products that will provide consumers with a
great experience in the digital home. Intel previewed the Gateway LCD TV Media
Center, an all-in-one digital entertainment device. Intel and Gateway have
worked closely to bring this innovative product to market. The media center is
powered by an Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology, a technology that
allows consumers to simultaneously run multiple programs smoothly and more
efficiently. For example, consumers can record their favorite TV show in the
background while playing a 3D game in the foreground. This product will be
available soon from Gateway.

During the keynote, Burns previewed a new IP-based set-top box that brings
broadcast and video on demand content into the home over an IP network. This
product is based on the new Intel® 815 Digital Set Top Box Reference Design and
is available starting today from Wyse Technology.

Emerging PC Technologies

Intel demonstrated several product designs and innovative technologies that help
make products in the digital home easy and fun to use. Burns conducted the first
live demonstration of PCI Express x16 graphics, the next generation I/O standard
that will be available in solutions from graphics vendors in 2004. Intel
announced the Balanced Technology Extended, or BTX, form factor specification,
formerly code-named “Big Water.” The new form factor enables the next generation
in PC system design, and is expected to supercede the ATX family of motherboard
form factors over time. BTX will enable the industry to strike a better balance
in thermal management, system size and shape, acoustics, and performance; all
critical attributes to innovate desktop PCs for the digital home. BTX supports
traditional desktop sizes and ensures standards-based small form factor PCs.

Burns showed a new technology that will simplify home networking by including
wireless access point and router functionality as an embedded feature of the PC
– it minimizes the need for external equipment or cables to build a small home
network. This technology will be available from Intel in mid-2004. Intel also
previewed an instant on/off technology, allowing consumers to press the “on”
button and the PC is ready in a few seconds. If the PC loses power, this
technology quickly recovers without losing data or rebooting the PC. Intel plans
to include this technology on platforms in the next few years.

Delivering Premium Content to the Home

During his keynote, Burns also highlighted the need for premium content to make
the digital home a reality for consumers. He stated that many companies across
the computing, consumer electronics and entertainment industries believe that
Digital Transmission Content Protection (DTCP) over IP, a content management
technology co-developed by Intel, Hitachi, Toshiba, Sony and Matsushita
(Panasonic) is the way to accomplish protecting content between devices in the
digital home. DTCP over IP enables digital premium entertainment content to be
delivered between digital home products over wired and wireless networks. The
DTCP over IP specification revision .9 is now available at http://www.dtcp.com.

Tools for Developers

In order to accelerate new product development in the digital home ecosystem,
Intel is providing a comprehensive UPnP(tm) technology tools suite for leading
industry hardware and software platforms. The Intel 2003 Networked Media Product
Requirements (INMPR) document has also been released today and is intended to
provide a framework to improve interoperability among devices in the digital
home. Intel will also make available an INMPR conformance and interoperability
test capability for developers. These tools and further details can be found on
the Intel Developer Network for the digital home on Intel’s developer Web site.

About IDF
The Intel Developer Forum is the technology industry’s premier event for
hardware and software developers. Held worldwide throughout the year, IDF brings
together key industry players to discuss cutting-edge technology and products
for PCs, servers, communications equipment, and handheld clients. For more
information on IDF and Intel technology, visit http://developer.intel.com.

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